The c-word

by Aaron Wherry

Yesterday’s exchange between Messrs. Mulcair and Harper was the highlight of the afternoon, but with his first question Bob Rae returned to this question of what Mr. Harper meant when he discussed the F-35 and a “contract” in relation to one another.

Bob Rae: Mr. Speaker, on November 17, 2010, the Prime Minister accused the then-leader of the opposition of “…wanting to tear up jobs by tearing up the contract.” He implies there, and clearly states that there was in fact a contract with respect to the F-35. It is a statement the Prime Minister repeated again during the election campaign. If there was in fact no contract, which is what the Prime Minister is now saying, and he is saying there is in fact still no contract, why did the Prime Minister mislead the House on November 17, 2010?

Stephen Harper: Mr. Speaker, of course I did no such thing. I think Canadians and the industry understand full well that Canada’s participation in the development of the F-35, of the next generation of fighter aircraft, is intrinsic to the work that Canadian companies have received. It is almost $0.5 billion in contracts that have come to the industry in this country. Obviously this government will continue to support our air force, as well as our aerospace industry.

Here is the full context of what the Prime Minister said a year and a half ago. He has already explained to the interim Liberal leader that when he said “contract,” he was referring to a “memorandum of understanding.”

See previously: The amazing, disappearing contract that never was and About that “contract”




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The c-word

  1. it would be tedious to stop the Prime Minister every time he spoke a word to ask him what he meant by it.

    • Almost as tedious as listening to the ones he gets out now. I agree, being compelled to hear him lie about why he lied might be the last straw for many of us.

      We need a catchy moniker for this guy; something like the “ly’n Brian” the media hung so successfully around another truthy PM’s neck.

      • Uneven Stephen?
        Harpercrite?
        Harp spiel?
        Harpoonery?

        • Deceivin’ Stephen?

      • How about “Stephen ‘psyopathic lying ashole’ Harper”.

        I am really in a foul mood today.

      • My God, you losers are childish.
        Grow up.

        • Yeah, right! Ethics is for “losers”. Get the message loud and clear meathead.

          • You are the biggest loser on this site.
            I see you are even sucking up to Emily now.

          • Yeah, yeah i know; we all have to see the world through your eyes, obtain your permission before speaking to someone you don’t approve of, aline with your definition of what a “loser” is. Why is it meatheads like you claim sole ownwership of subjective words like “loser”? Commentators who chose to avail themselves of the ultimate anonymity – Guest – before pouring out their venom.
            Grow up yourself. At least have the guts to comment under a recognizable handle.

          • You wanna step outside buddy?
            Check to make sure you`re not in a plane before you do.

          • Wow. Keep going. I might get amused eventually. So why can’t you use a regular handle with a checkable record like everyone else?

        • But we didn’t lose, as the Elections Canada report will show. Herr Harper _STOLE_ the election by lying and use of ‘black ops’ tactics like Robocall. I hope they throw his lying ass in prison.

    • I usually call him “Herr Harper” or inGlourious Leader, of the republiCON party.
      Bah, lying sack of beetle dung.

  2. ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory,”‘ Alice said.

    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t– till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘

    ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument,”‘ Alice objected.

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less.’

      • Wouldn’t it be a god send to have a current generation Fotheringham recounting the follies of these clowns? Then again would anyone other than “us” pay any attention?

  3. First Harper lied to Canadians claiming he had a contract that “locked in” the price at $75M per jet. Later he claimed it was Ok that he knowingly lied to Canadians about the actual price: the missing $10B was no biggie because he didn’t sign a contract. The next day, Peter Mackay said we better not break the contract or there will be costly penalties.

    It’s easy to tell when these con men are trying to pull one over on Canadians: their lips are moving…

    • Fascinating! Thank you for the link. There is some major ‘food for thought’ in there.

  4. Harper keeps lying to the House and the public and keeps getting away with it.

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